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Monday, Oct 30 2017 | 19:28
Image: 1616391 Hailing from Britain, with origins in Guyana,
Jamaica, and St. Vincent, critics and historians
agree that the world simply wasn't ready for
Cymande. Formed in 1971, the band would
become renowned for their progressive, and
complex brand of funk music, which fused
elements of calypso, jazz, R&B, African music,
and British glam rock. Despite touring with Al
Green, performing at venues like The Apollo and
Soul Train, and having a Billboard R&B hit,
Cymande languished in obscurity before
disbanding in 1974, only to develop a widespread
cult following over the years, and become a
treasure trove for crate diggers and beatsmiths.
Cymande's legacy began with the release of their
self-titled album in 1972. In equal measure, the
band's debut emnated with funky grooves,
spiritual euphoria, stirring world arrangements,
and tightly executed rhythms. Cymande would
render dancefloor hits of tracks like "Bra" and
"The Message", which reached #20 on the
Billboard R&B charts, and help the album develop
a new legacy of innovation, decades after its
release. Tracks from the album have appeared in
tracks by De La Soul, MF Doom, and The
Fugees, as well as in soundtracks in TV and film,
from Spike Lee's Crooklyn, to modern programs
liks Fargo and Mr. Robot.

A1. Zion I
A2. One More
A3. Getting It Back
A4. Listen
A5. Rickshaw
B1. Dove
B2. Bra
B3. The Message
B4. Ras Tafarian Folk Song Available from 24.11.2017
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